TTC Video - Between the Rivers The History of Ancient Mesopotami With Alexis Castor

Tutorial & e-learning. August 13, 2011 by zhenia.
TTC Video - Between the Rivers The History of Ancient Mesopotami With Alexis Castor

TTC Video - Between the Rivers The History of Ancient Mesopotami With Alexis Castor
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Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia
(36 lectures, 30 minutes each)
Course No. 3180
Taught by Alexis Q. Castor
Franklin & Marshall College
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
What pieces of a distant past drift before our mind's eye when ancient Mesopotamia is mentioned?
Do we see the temples known as ziggurats, thrust toward the sky by stepped platforms that would bring worshippers closer to the gods they honored? Entire populations paralyzed by fear before a dreaded invader, their dreams haunted by images of their own severed heads held aloft? Priests making sacrifices to the gods who ruled over and protected their city? Or the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon, their terraces as shadowed by mystery as they are set alight by color?
Any of these, of course, may come to mind. Perhaps all of them. And with the exception of Babylon's fabled gardens, whose existence has never actually been confirmed, they are all true—each a part of the legacy of a region from which our own culture has drawn so many essential aspects, including writing, the first code of law, the idea of cities, and even the first epic poem. All cultures lie in the shadow of Mesopotamia.

A Visit to the Time of the First Cities

Between the Rivers: A History of Ancient Mesopotamia will illuminate that shadow, taking you back to a time when the first cities arose in Mesopotamia and kings created complex bureaucracies to rule expanding territories, thus fostering the invention of writing and other technologies.

It is truly a remarkable journey and adventure, through a land where the real history is even more astounding than its legends. Your guide, Dr. Alexis Q. Castor, has twice been named Most Influential Professor by Franklin & Marshall's senior class. Experienced both in the classroom and on archaeological digs, she plunges you into the daily life of cultures such as Sumer and Akkad and animates peoples such as the Assyrians and Medes, weaving together her own evocation of Persian culture with the works of the great Greek historians, Herodotus and Thucydides.

Mesopotamia, a name coined by the Greeks, means "the land between the rivers" and indicated the region bordered by the Tigris and Euphrates. Now mostly encompassed by the borders of modern Iraq, the area was home to a succession of peoples, from Neolithic villagers to the vast empires of Assyria and Persia. Your journey into these lands is guided by the painstakingly acquired knowledge of archaeologists, taking you from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great, through territories of mighty emperors, struggling farmers, ambitious merchants, palace servants, and ever-shifting ethnicities.

You'll see how excavations in Iraq shaped European and American ideas about ancient Mesopotamia—from the myth of the Hanging Gardens to important concepts of how Eastern cultures differed from Western. Archaeologists have worked to understand not only how and what we know, but also what we cannot know about the ancient world. There is much in the past of Mesopotamia that can enlighten us about the Middle East today, but the insights you will gain through this course would not be possible without the work of archaeologists and historians.

Learn How the Ancients Reconciled Worship and Science
In acquiring those insights, you'll learn how Mesopotamian empires engaged with powerful neighbors in Egypt, Syria, and Anatolia (the modern term for Turkey and Asia Minor); about the crimes legislated by the earliest known law codes; and how your station in life influenced your position before the law. You'll learn how the peoples of Mesopotamia ate, worked, learned, worshipped, and loved. You'll learn the roles of their deities, their religious beliefs, and how their scientific ideas helped them order and understand the natural world. You'll see how they waged war, experienced peace, and even, as in the case of the Assyrians, used terror propaganda to maintain that peace.

Just as important, you'll see exactly how scholars have come to know—or not know—the details of daily life in ancient Mesopotamia, as Professor Castor discusses archaeological discoveries, historical documents, and important literary works, offering an extraordinary glimpse into a faraway time.

What pieces of a distant past drift before our mind's eye when ancient Mesopotamia is mentioned?

Course Lecture Titles
1. The Iraq Museum
2. Geography and Environment
3. Discovering Mesopotamia
4. Archaeological Methods
5. Farming and Early Settlements
6. The Uruk Phenomenon
7. Writing
8. Temples
9. Mesopotamian Deities
10. Gilgamesh—Hero and King
11. The Early Dynastic Period
12. Warfare and Diplomacy
13. The Royal Cemetery at Ur
14. The Akkadians
15. Ideology of Kingship—Naram-Sin and Gudea
16. The Ur III Dynasty
17. Life in a Mesopotamian City
18. Food and Drink
19. Assyrian Trade Networks
20. Hammurabi of Babylon
21. Zimri-Lim of Mari
22. Laws
23. Medicine, Science, and Math
24. Poetry and Literature
25. Internationalism
26. Assyrian Expansion
27. Sargon II
28. Ideology of Empire
29. Control and Revolt
30. Medes and the Neo-Babylonian State
31. The Rise of the Achaemenids
32. Persians in Egypt and Greece
33. Xerxes’s Invasion of Greece
34. Persian Art and Culture
35. Alexander the Great
36. After Alexander

TTC Video - Between the Rivers The History of Ancient Mesopotami With Alexis Castor

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